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February 16, 2012

The Early Years: A Retrospective in Buttons & Pins

Above, "the 45-second story of my life from 1981–1989, told in buttons & pins."

Designer Mette Hornung Rankin grew up in Madras, Oregon, where she accumulated a collection of random buttons.

[via Bureau of Betterment]

February 16, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Solar Window Charger for iPhone




From the website:



This XD Design solar window charger, with large and small USB outputs, is easily attachable to your window.


The outside of the charger catches sunlight, while the smoothly designed inside spices up your interior and charges your electronic equipment.

Includes 1400mAh rechargeable lithium battery and mini USB cable.

11 x 11 x 1.75 cm (4.3" 4.3" x 0.7").

135 g (4.8 oz.)

Silver plastic.


"Spices up your interior...."


February 16, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs — and the social media that fulfill them


[via Jay Mug and Visual.ly]

February 16, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Jumbo Inflatable Floating Water Slide

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From the website:


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This 16-foot-high water slide is used by resorts and summer camps to provide safe, reliable, waterborne fun for entire families.

The resilient structure defies punctures as it is constructed of a layer of commercial-grade 1,000 denier polyester fabric sandwiched between two layers of 28 oz. PVC — the same method used to construct the inflatable boats used by the U.S. Navy Seals.

Every strong seam is hot-air sealed, and the PVC is treated to block damaging UV rays.

Twelve heavy-duty molded plastic handles assist climbers as they scale the structure's four steps to the top, from where they can slide down briskly into the water.

The interior measures 10'L x 12'W x 6'H, allowing most teenagers to stand up completely as they swing out over the water from one of the three molded handles.

The structure should be anchored in at least 8' of water.

Deflates in 30 minutes to 40"L x 48"W x 36"H for off-season storage using two dump valves; includes storage bag.

Fully inflated: 25.5'L x 12'W x 16'H.

Weight: 491 pounds.



[via ThisIsWhyImBroke]

February 16, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Salad in a Jar


That's different.


From Well Vegan:


Over the years we have experimented with countless ways to bring a salad to work without it getting soggy or having tiny little containers of dressing popping open and destroying lunch bags — that's the worst.

My husband came across this idea at lifehacker and it actually works!

Apparently, if stacked correctly, these little salads can last up to 4 days.

So here's the magical stacking order from bottom up:

1. Dressing

2. Hearty items: tomatoes, beans, onions, carrots

3. Then lighter bits: quinoa, sunflower seeds, mushrooms

4. Lettuce or spinach

Just don't get crazy on the way into work and forget you have a GLASS jar in your bag — i.e. no breakdancing or skateboarding. When you're ready to eat, just shake and enjoy!

[via Bureau of Betterment and The Daily Buzz]

February 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Rainbow Trout Oven Mitt


From the website:


Quilted cotton oven mitt looks like a real trout, from fin to gill.

When you're up to your elbows in hot pans and trays, you can be up to your elbow in trout too.

Flame-retardant foam filler.

15.5"L x 6.5"W x 2"D.



February 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"Charlie bit my finger — again!"

How is it that "the most successful noncommercial video in YouTube history [above]," which had been viewed 417.6 million times as of last Friday when Sarah Lyall wrote about it in a New York Times front page story, evaded my network of correspondents and stringers?

There's no explanation for why I'm five years behind the curve.

So just watch the darned thing, as have plenty of other people, some hundreds of times. 

February 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Periodic Table Building Blocks


That's different.

From websites:


The set includes 20 brightly colored basswood blocks that contain the entire periodic table.

The six sides feature a unique element's name, atomic number and symbol in bright blue, purple, green, red, orange or pink.

Handmade in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Blocks measure 1.75"/side.

Ages 2 and up.


"Ages 2 and up" is great news — over 90% of my readers qualify.


Mandarin (below): $42.


Spanish: $38.

February 16, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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